How To Qualify for Discounted Internet
Discounted internet services can be available to those who qualify. There are a few ways to go about getting the lowest price for your internet service, and we’re going to outline them for you. Let’s discuss how can someone qualify for discounted internet.
Ask Your ISP About Low-Income Programs or Discounts
You may qualify for a low-income program if your household income is less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Qualifying for this kind of program through your ISP can greatly reduce your internet bill.
Another way to get discounted internet services is to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP provides free and reduced-price lunches to children from low-income families. If you have school-aged children, contact your child’s school to see if they participate in the NSLP. If they do, you may be able to get discounted internet services through your ISP.
Discounted Rates for Seniors, Veterans, and Disabled Persons
Some ISPs also offer discounts to seniors or veterans. If you are a senior citizen or a veteran, be sure to ask your ISP if you qualify for a discount. You may also be able to get discounted rates if you have a disability.
Under the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), those with Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits receive discounts, where the program pays $30 per month directly to the ISP provider.
Some ISPs offer discounts to low-volume users.
If you use the internet sparingly, some ISPs may offer you a discounted rate. This is because they don’t have to provide you with as much data, which also saves them money.
Other Ways To Save
Purchase A Prepaid Internet Card From A Local Retailer
Prepaid internet cards are a great way to get internet access without having to sign up for a long-term plan. You can purchase these cards at most local retailers. This way you get to control how much you pay for internet access. When you need more access, you can pay for more. If you need little access, that’s what you pay for. Either way, this works great when trying to maintain a budget.
Connect to The Wi-Fi hotspots In Your Area
There are likely Wi-Fi hotspots in your area that you can connect to for free. This is a great way to get internet access if you don’t need it all the time. You can find these hotspots by using a Wi-Fi Finder app on your smartphone. Also, most places that you visit these days offer free hot spots. If you’re not tied to having internet access at home, this works great.
There are many ways that you can get discounted internet services. Start by simply asking your ISP about low-income programs or discounts, participate in the National School Lunch Program, or ask family and friends if they have an extra connection that you could use temporarily. You could also purchase a prepaid internet card from a local retailer or connect to the Wi-Fi hotspots in your area. Whatever you do, make sure you take advantage of the discounted rates that are available to you!
Do you have any tips on how to get discounted internet services? Share them with us in the comments below!
Tamila McDonald has worked as a Financial Advisor for the military for past 13 years. She has taught Personal Financial classes on every subject from credit, to life insurance, as well as all other aspects of financial management. Mrs. McDonald is an AFCPE Accredited Financial Counselor and has helped her clients to meet their short-term and long-term financial goals.